Borough of Kenilworth
July 23, 2009
The meeting began with an affirmation of the Open Public Meetings Act requirements: The schedule of meetings is on file in the Borough Clerks office, was posted on the bulletin board, and has been mailed to the Cranford Chronicle, the Kenilworth Leader, and the Star Ledger. All present recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The Board approved the June, 2009 minutes. Approval was given to pay the Recording Secretary.
Roll Call: Mr. Lepore, Mr. Pantina, Mr. Candarella, Mr. Herbert, Mr. Cirillo, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. Sica, Mr. Laurie, Mr. Picerno, and Mr. Cammarota. Excused: Ms. Bogus. NOTE: Mayor, councilmen, and mayors-designee are not eligible to vote on Board of Adjustment matters.
Communications: There were no communications to report.
Resolutions: Application #5-09, Rahnenfuher, 21 Park Drive, Block 89, Lot 12, a variance for the front setback in an R-2 zone. A motion to approve this resolution was made by Mr. Sica, 2nd by Mr. Cirillo. All in favor: Mr. Cirillo, Mr. Sica, Mr. Lepore, Mr. Laurie, and Mr. Picerno.
New Business: Application #7-09, Badali, 10 N. 24th St., Block 74, Lot 25,
Variance/ 2-family in R-2 zone. Mr. Steve Heil, attorney, represented the applicant. He recently received a planning report from Mr. O’Brien, Borough planner. The applicant wants to review this report and extend the hearing date; if not the following month, at least no later than 120 days, with no further notification to the public. Mr. Lepore said the August meeting may not have a full quarum. The Board agreed to extend the application to August 27, 2009 with no further notification necessary.
Comments for the Good of the Board: Mr. Cammarota said the Board designated a committee to deal with minor sub-divisions, consisting of three or less lots (Ord. #174-12). This committee will inform the Board of their decisions. Mr. Tripodi, Board attorney, said if the ordinance designates power to this committee, and the committees’ action will be deemed the final minor sub-division approval, there is a form in the COX book (regarding resolutions) that should be followed. The power of the Minor sub-division committee should be stated in an ordinance. Mr. Herbert said a new Ordinance (#174-12), regarding this matter, was voted on by the Mayor and Council at their last meeting. Mr. Tripodi said there should be a record of the newly-formed committees’ actions; he will give this committee a form to fill out when they render their decisions. He said the committee must insure the application is deemed complete, and also keep a record of their decisions. Mr. Herbert said if the sub-committee approves any minor sub-division, it will report this to the Planning Board with the above-mentioned form. Ellen Johns will notify the applicant regarding the Committees’ decision.
Mr. Tripodi recommended a public record be made stating the Planning Board did appoint a minor sub-division committee as a standing committee which will review and can approve future applications.
Other Comments from the Public: Ms. Donna Urban asked about a re-zoning application. The chairman said the public has a right to voice their opinion at the hearing, but the final decision is made by the Planning Board.
Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
Janet M. Murphy,
Planning Board Recording Secretary
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